ALL MUSIC GUIDE - Denim - Denim on Ice
Denim is the project
of Lawrence Hayward, formerly of the '80s jangly pop group Felt. Along with
having a penchant for naming his bands after fabrics, Lawrence also has a tendency
to write incredibly catchy, entertaining songs about seemingly nothing at all.
Denim's 1992 self-titled debut album railed against the excesses of the '70s
and '80s, and set Lawrence's tirades to a glittering glam-rock soundtrack. On
Denim On Ice, he's still upset about pub rock and other more serious matters,
but the music takes a new-wave turn, with prominent drum machines and synthesizers.
Songs like "The Great Pub Rock Revival," "Shut Up Sidney" and "Silly Rabbit"
mix Lawrence's goofy sense of humor with infectious hooks and melodies. Speedy,
synth-heavy pop songs like "Romeo Jones Is in Love Again," "The Supermodels,"
and "Jane Suck Died in '77" are some of the album's highlights, as are the deeply
cynical, funny and very British looks at everyday life in "Job Centre" and "Council
Houses." Even the rare ballad on Denim On Ice — like "Synthesisers in the Rain"
and "Myriad of Hoops" — crackles with Lawrence's dry wit. Though this import
probably won't be released in the States, it's a must for Anglophiles and for
anyone interested in some very personal, funny, offbeat music. — Heather Phares